DOE to Fund Long-Duration Energy Storage

On Tuesday, DOE announced that it will be providing up to $30 million dollars through its Advanced Energy Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program to support the development of grid-connected long-duration energy storage.  The Duration Addition to electricitY Storage (DAYS) project will support the development of storage systems that will provide power to the grid for between 10 to 100 hours.  According to the project website, extended storage options will help to “prevent blackouts and smooth overall grid operation, improving resilience and enhancing grid security”; will “enable greater integration of intermittent renewable energy sources, greatly reducing emissions in the power sector”; and “could help improve grid efficiency and promote the growth of domestic energy sources.”

Notices of Intent to apply for funding under the program are due on June 15, 2018 with full applications due by July 2, 2018.

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